Africa Is a Country was founded by South African Sean Jacobs in 2009, growing out of the blog Leo Africanus (2007-2009). It started as an outlet to challenge the received media wisdom about Africa from a left perspective, informed by his experiences of resistance movements to Apartheid. Since then it has grown in size to include a larger geographic scope and, crucially, launched the careers of a number of young African and diaspora writers, scholars and artists. Today is published by New York based Jacobin Magazine featuring critical writing, videos, audio, and photography, becoming one of the leading intellectual voices—particularly from the left—in the African online media sphere.